Archive for May, 2012

May 30, 2012

Howard County Chapter Needs Officers

MWA’s Howard County Chapter is looking for people to serve as president and treasurer in the 2012-2013 year.

“Howard County still needs a complete leadership team to function properly,” says Louise Harris, the outgoing Chapter President and incoming Program Chair. “Without officers, the chapter will have difficulty in getting meetings together each month.”

“The state could even decide to eliminate the chapter altogether,” she adds.

If you are interested in serving as president or treasurer for the Howard County Chapter, please use the contact form on the chapter’s website to get in touch with them.

May 12, 2012

Meet the 2012-2014 Board Nominees

Elections for the 2012-2014 Board will be held at the MWA Annual Meeting, June 23, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Bookstore, 68 Maryland Ave, in Annapolis. The meeting will be hosted by the Annapolis Chapter. The meeting will be open to all current MWA members; members who can’t attend will be allowed to vote electronically between June 15-20 (details forthcoming).

In accordance with its bylaws (PDF), the Maryland Writer’s Association is governed by a Board comprised of Officers, Chairs, two Members-at-Large, and the Presidents of each Chapter. Apart from the Chapter Presidents, Board members and officers serve two-year terms. The Board members elected this June serve from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.

Here are the candidates for the 2012-2014 Board:

President: Jim Heimberg

If elected, Jim will make MWA highly responsive to the needs of the members, will encourage chapters to have meaningful presentations, and will ensure the positive enhancement of the relationship between writers, publishers, and literary agents. Jim is a proven communicator of complex ideas who is able to reach audiences using plain-language style and to communicate direction and complex information to stakeholders. Jim held every chapter office of the International Association of Business Communicators in five different chapters most recently as President of the Baltimore chapter. He is a past president of the Maryland chapter of InfraGard.

Vice President: Open

Secretary: Eileen Havvik McIntire

(Bio and position statement unavailable at press time.)

Treasurer: Open

Communications Chair: Steve Berberich

Steve can help publicize MWA writers and their helpful tips from successful authors, and other publishing and marketing information. Steve has made a living writing all his life. MWA is helping him make a transition from news and feature reporting and non-fiction to narrative fiction. Steve has written three novels and some short stories as well as the non-fiction book, The Naked Intruder. As a news reporter, Steve has worked for The Gazette and the Journal in suburban Washington D. C. Other positions include National News Editor for the Agricultural Research Service, USDA; writer/editor, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria (affiliated with the World Bank), senior science writer, National Institutes of Health; and Marketing Communications Director, UM Biotechnology Institute. He is a member of the National Science Writer’s Association and the D.C. Science Writer’s Association.

Publications Co-Chairs: Paul Lagasse and David Joyner

David is current co-chair of publicity in the Annapolis Chapter with Paul Lagasse. He’s been an MWA member for about one year, and written non-fiction (45 published papers and 9 books, 2 as editor or co-editor) but hopes that will not be held against him. Wife, cat and two dogs seem to tolerate him well. As co-chair of Publications, he’d like to foster good working relationships with Maryland publishers and publishing-related firms, review candidates for MWA-related editorial and writing tasks, develop editorial policies and guidelines of MWA publications, and improve public visibility of MWA through its publications.

Paul is a freelance writer/editor. He edits Pen in Hand and its newsblog, Keyboard in Hand. He is the founding president of the Baltimore chapter and a past at-large Board member. As publications co-chair, Paul would like to continue improving the editorial and design quality of Pen in Hand and Keyboard in Hand, help MWA better communicate its initiatives to the membership through our publications, post Board meeting minutes in compliance with nonprofit and grant requirements, help MWA Books develop and implement a sustainable publishing strategy, and support the outreach efforts of the Communications Chair.

Program Chair. Louise Harris

(Bio and position statement unavailable at press time.)

Membership Chair: Bryan England

(Bio and position statement unavailable at press time.)

Conference Chair: Nicole Schultheis

(Bio and position statement unavailable at press time.)

Long Range Planning and Development: John P Dentico

John has been involved in long-range planning for over 30 years, and has developed strategies and plans in different venues and for a number of different organizations. John believes he has the skills to reach out to sponsors and literary organizations, and he is a skilled grant writer. While he has been a member of MWA for only a few months, Howard County Chapter President Louise Harris encouraged him to run for the Long Range Planning and Development Chair because she sees a fit between his experience and MWA’s needs. John has been writing for a long time, and has written a number of documents for government agencies including curricula, guides, and reports. He is currently writing a book on the art and practice of 21st century leadership.

Member-at-Large: Ally Peltier

Ally has served the MWA as Vice President and Member at Large, acting as chapter liaison and helping to solve problems and share resources more efficiently. She’s also served on committees for the writing contests, website, and Baltimore chapter programming; edited and spearheaded promotion of MWA’s first anthology; and acted as MWA Books co-publisher for the second anthology. Her experience in the publishing industry gives her unique insight into what writers need to succeed in today’s publishing environment. She would like to continue helping MWA find ways to better serve our membership by providing opportunities for education, networking, and exposure.

Member-at-Large: Sonia Linebaugh

Sonia is currently MWA Program Chair. She has served MWA as President, Vice President, Pen in Hand Editor, E-News Editor, Writing Contest Coordinator. She helped transition MWA from a single body to a chapter-based organization and served on the committees for by-Laws, website, and writing contests. She writes too: memoir, short stories, poetry, and lately novels. Her development is proof that MWA works. She wants to help the Association work for all its members.

MWA thanks all the candidates for their willingness to volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the organization and all its members throughout the state!

May 7, 2012

Summer 2012 Pen in Hand Now Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the Summer 2012 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be published July 1, 2012.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Monday, June 4, 2012. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Our ideal is to match Pen in Hand to the needs and interests of our members. With your help, each issue can approach that ideal a little closer. If you’d like us to explore a particular theme, let us know.

Good luck!